Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Butterfly Framed Wall Art

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's time for our March Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team Designer challenge. Check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today to see what our talented designers created for the challenge. 

Our challenge this month is .....
Frame It - There are so many options to include frames when we are creating either cards, scrapbook layouts or home decor items. For our challenge this month please include a frame of some type when creating your project.

For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook Giveaway Blog Post or the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us What Elizabeth Craft Designs dies or stamp sets would you use to frame something on a card, scrapbook layout of home decor item?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, March 23rd on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog and our Facebook page.

For my project today, I decided to pull our the ModaScrap Happy Frame die to make another framed art piece. I love how versatile this die set is.

As I have already written two tutorial on how to assemble the Happy Frame to create a frame for a wall or a card, instead of repeating myself again I am linking to both my previous tutorials. 

You can find my "Let Your Dreams Soar Wall Art Frame" here.
my "Framed Love Card" here

To create my framed wall art project today, I started by die cutting from sides using the ModaScrap Happy Frame die set from paper from the ModaScrap Magic Mountain Patterned Paper Pack.

Before assembling the frame, I cut each of the frame sides to 6 1/2 inches (when you trim the sides make sure you trim the straight edge). 

Assemble frame.

I used paper from the ModaScrap Fly & Scrap Patterned Paper Pack to line the back of the frame.

Using the Butterfly Aperture die, die cut the solid butterfly from White Soft Finish Cardstock.
Using both the decorative layer and the butterfly outline together, die cut one butterfly from black cardstock and another from silver pearl cardstock.

Add color to the white solid butterfly by applying Carved Pumpkin and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide inks.

Adhere the black decorative butterfly over the silver pearl butterfly offsetting slightly and then adhere this to the solid butterfly.

Stamp the sentiment from the A Way with Words - Soar Collection Clear Stamp set to the upper left hand corner of the inside of the framed piece using black ink.

Adhere Butterfly using Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape and Foam Tape to the lower right hand corner adhering it at a slight angle.

Using Garden Notes - Leafy Berry Branch 1 die, die cut three times from green cardstock. Sponge lightly with green ink and then apply berries over the die cuts using Nuvo English Mustard Crystal Drops.

Once the "berries" are dry, cut apart the berries and adhere to the lower portion of the frame.

Finally die cut the A Way With Words - Soar die three or four times and layer to each other and attach to top of frame.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Don't forget to check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see all the wonderful creations by our talented designers and for a change to win the giveaway.


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Cardstock - Black; Silver Pearl

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I have a fun slider card to share with you all today.

This card uses the Neat and Tangled Maze die which was released earlier this year. I decided to create a slider card using this die.

For the bottom panel which shows through the maze area, I created a background using Distress Oxide inks and then splattered the background using Copic Opaque White. 

To decorate the card I used the Wizard Friends Clear Stamp set from Kindred Stamps. Harry and Hermoine are both on the outside of the maze with Ron trying to get to either of the other two.

I added the "Amazing" sentiment which is one from a Father's Day sentiment set I have.

For the inside of the card I added the sentiments and a few more images from the stamp set.

Stamps: Wizard Friends - Kindred Stamps; Father's Day Greetings - Simon Says Stamps
Paper: White; Black
Dies: Maze - Neat and Tangled; Dashing Rectangles; Dotted Scallop Rectangles - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Candied Apple Distress Oxide; Wild Honey Distress Oxide; Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide; Copic Opaque White; Fun Foam; Foam Tape; Copics

Monday, March 19, 2018


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am playing with the Wonderful Florals stamps/die set from Concord & 9th that I purchased recently. I stamped the image onto White Bristol Smooth Cardstock and colored using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I am a little out of my comfort zone with these markers, but as I have had them for about 2 years now without using them much, this year I am on a mission to use them a little bit more.

I die cut the "Wonderful" sentiment using the coordinating die set from White Cardstock and then colored these with Copics to give an ombre look. I then added Nuvo Glitter Gloss Aqua Shimmer pen.

For the background I stamped Simon Says Stamp Wide Stripes Background Stamp onto pink cardstock using black ink.

For the berries I added Nuvo English Mustard Gloss Crystal Drops. To finish off the card I added White Rhinestones over the background.

For the inside of the card I added another stamped background strip on the left hand side of the card.

I added a flower and a sentiment to finish off the card.


Stamps: Wonderful Flowers; Everyday Greetings - Concord & 9th; Wide Stripes Background - Simon Says Stamp
Paper: White; White Bristol Smooth; Black; Pink
Dies: Wonderful Florals - Concord & 9th
Other: Black VersaFine Ink; VersaMark Ink; White Embossing Powder; White Rhinestones; Nuvo Glitter Gloss Aqua Shimmer Pen; Nuvo English Mustard Crystal Drops; Foam Tape; Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers; Copics

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Mr & Mrs Pocket Card

Hi Crafty Friends,

I have a wedding Pocket Card to share with you today using the ModaScrap Lace Card die set and a few A Way with Words sentiment dies all available  from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Before assembling the pocket card I adhered some Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the lacy area of the pocket card and then applied Solar Gold Silk Microfine Glitter over the adhesive.

I cut a stencil using the release paper from the Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape so that I could use this to add the same design to the card insert that goes into the pocket. Here I used the Solar Gold and Basic Black Silk Microfine Glitters.

I added a gold sheer ribbon to the lacy area of the pocket card.

For the portion of the card that can be seen when it is in the pocket, I added a Way with Words Mr/Mrs as well as the '&' and hearts from the A Way with Words - Calligraphic Elements 2 die set.

For the inside of my card I used A Way With Words - Cherish and Forever die sets. I also added some Line Peel Off Stickers to the lower end of the card.


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Cardstock - Black; White Shimmer Cardstock
Gold Sheer Ribbon

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mission Control We Have A Birthday

Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Bonnie Sharp our challenge hostess for the month, continues to issue the challenges.

Being the third Saturday of the month it is time for a sketch challenge.

When I first saw this sketch I thought hmmm this one is going to be a tough one, but the more I looked at the sketch the half circle on the bottom of the sketch reminded me of either the moon or a grassy hillside. 

I wanted to play with doing the Galaxy Sky Technique using Distress Oxide inks, so a space theme card it became. I really liked how easy it was to create the background using Distress Oxide inks.

I used stamps from MFT Stamps and There She Goes Stamps to create the space themed card.

Most of you know I love making pop-up cards so that is what I did for the inside. I used Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-up Card die set to die cut the cupcake pop up die from white cardstock and then masked each of the areas to create the moon surface and space scene.

I love how easy it is to disguise the fact that the pop up is a cupcake. 

I decorated the top part of the inside using spaceman, planets, stars and a space ship. On the bottom panel I added a birthday sentiment, the 8th from Karen's Numbers die set and an alien.

This is another card that my grandson will get for his 8th birthday later this year, probably from his auntie.

Here is another view of the inside of the card taken at an angle, so you can see the pop-up portion of the card a little easier.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.


Stamps: Space Explorers - MFT Stamps; Out of this World - There She Goes
Paper: White Soft Finish Cardstock; Black
Dies: Cupcake Pop-up Card ; Numbers; Katherine Label Pop-up - Karen Burniston
Other: Black Ink; Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide; Wilted Violet Distress Oxide; Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide; Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide; Black Soot Distress Oxide; Black Glaze Pen; White Gel Pen; Foam Tape; Copics

Friday, March 16, 2018


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Our challenge hostess for the month, Vicky Gould continues to issue the challenges.

St. Patrick’s Day is this Saturday…. make a card featuring green – it can be a St. Patrick’s card, but you can also choose to just use the color green (not all of us are Irish, but we do need cards of various types!)

I used the Concord & 9th Stuck on You Clear Stamp set to stamp the cactus image and after coloring the image and die cutting with the Stitched Mod Rectangle die, I die cut the "Hugs" sentiment from the lower portion of the cactus. Not sure I would want to really hug a cactus ... but I figured it was a fun sentiment to use.

I used one of the smaller cactus images from the stamp set to create the background of my card.

As you can see I have used the Camouflaging Die Cuts or Eclipse Technique on my card again this week. I had originally made this for last week's challenge ... as another one I was making was giving me trouble. But I kept seeing green when I was making this card and I finally got the other to work as I wanted it, so kept this card for this week's challenge. I have a couple of 'green' cards to make this week so it made sense to use this one for one of them.

For the inside of my card, I used another stamp from the stamp set on the background and then used the Katherine Label Pop-up Card die set to create a double pop-up card.

Here is a close up look at the left hand side of the inside of my card. I added the "Stuck on You" sentiment from the stamp set and a small cactus.

For the right hand side of my card I added the larger cactus to the label from the Katherine Label Pop-up Card die set and then a smaller one to the lower right hand corner of the card.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:

Stamps: Stuck on You - Concord & 9th
Paper: White; Black; Green
Dies: Katherine Label Pop-up - Karen Burniston; Stitched Mod Rectangles Stax; Mod Rectangles Stax - MFT Stamps; Trio Window Cover - Mama Elephant
Other: Black Ink; Gina K Designs Jelly Bean Green Ink Cube; Foam Tape; Copics

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Surprise! Happy Birthday Els Blog Hop

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's Els van de Burgt's birthday and what better way to celebrate but with a surprise Birthday Blog Hop with the Elizabeth Crafts Design Team! Happy Birthday Els!

We hope you will join us in making Els birthday a wonderful day, by dropping by our Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Facebook Group and wishing her a happy birthday.

The hop started at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog, so if you just happened to hop onto my blog you might like to head back to there first so you don't miss out on any of the fun!

Earlier in the year I created a couple of Star Effect Cards and I promised to create a tutorial on how to create them which I hadn't gotten around to do, So I decided to create another for today's blog hop so that I could finally do a tutorial for you all. You can see my previous two Star Effect Cards here.

Before I get onto the tutorial I will explain what I used to decorate my card today. First up I used Garden Notes - Dahlia 2 to create my Dahlia flower, Susan Tierney-Cockburn shows how to make these on her Facebook Live Video here (you will find it about 14 mins into the video). I added a couple of ferns using the Garden Notes - Ladder Fern and also a couple of sprays of berries using the Garden Notes - Leafy Berry Branch 1. 

The sentiment is from the A Way With Words - Happy Birthday Collection and is layered onto circles die cut using circles from both the Dashing Circles and Dotted Scallop Circles die sets.

Here is how to create the Star Effect Card:

Step 1 - 
  • Cut a piece of cardstock so it measures 6 inches x 5 inches in color of choice (brown used here)
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper so it measures 5 3/4 inches x 4 3/4 inches of your choice (ModaScrap Wood Effect Patterned Paper Pack used here.

Step 2 - 
  • Using the cardstock piece, score along the long side at 3 inches.

Step 3 -
  • Using a trimmer, line up the cardstock so that the point of the centre and the edge are lined up. Cut.
  • Repeat on other side. Refer to photo above ... dotted lines are score lines, solid lines cut lines.

  • You should now have three pieces of cardstock that looks like the photo above.  The centre piece will be the base of your card.

Step 4 - 
  • Take the patterned paper and cut in half at 2 7/8 inches.
  • On the first half of the patterned paper cut in half diagonally from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner.
  • For the second half of the patterned paper cut in half diagonally from the top left hand corner to the bottom right hand corner. 
  • Your paper should look like that above.
  • Adhere the papers onto each of the triangle panels on the card and single triangle pieces.

Step 5 - 
  • Measure up the straight edge of the folded card base 2 inches on each side and mark with pencil.
  • Measure from this point down 3/4 inches and mark with pencil.
  • Cut from the 2 inch mark down to the 3/4 inch mark.
  • Cut a thin sliver out of each slit you just created.

Step 6 - 
  • Lay one of the single triangle pieces over the other, referring to photo above and adhere together.

Step 7 -
  • Place the attached cross triangle panel into the slits of the folded base card.
  • Decorate as desired.

Well now it is time to leave my blog as you continue along our birthday hop. Your next stop is to the talented Karen Nofziger Don’t forget to pop on over to our Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Facebook Group too to wish Els a happy birthday!

Here is the complete blog hop list if you need it.

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Brown Cardstock
Copic Markers